Google Cardboard created a landslide in virtual reality (VR). A cheap, accessible way to experience an entry-level version of the technology that lead to wide-spread awareness. Back in May 2017, Aryzon launched a Kickstarter campaign with plans to do the same for augmented reality (AR), and today, one day from completion, sits at more than 400% its funding goal.
Originally targeting €25,000 EUR, Aryzon now have in excess of €100,000 pledged. This means a stretch goal has been reached, and that every kit will now come with a head strap.
The Aryzon uses of a set of lenses, cardboard and a smartphone camera; with these the headset is able to place any 3D virtual content into the users own environment. Similar in respect to the Microsoft HoloLens – though obviously less technically capable than the $3,000 USD development kit currently on offer – Aryzon aim to introduce more people to AR and boost its widespread use in everyday settings.
The headset works with the majority of smartphones (iOS & Android) and is designed as a DIY Kit, meaning it fits right through your letter box. This means cheap shipping and a fun build experience.
For the development community, the Aryzon already offers a software development kit (SDK) in open source, meaning even current 2D augmented reality apps can be easily be adapted for use in the Aryzon, and be realised in full 3D. Aryzon recently placed a developers forum online where developers can discuss about the applications and download the SDK.